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Join Jen Cooper, the Keeper, as she breaks down all of exciting happenings in women's soccer across America!

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Join Jen Cooper, the Keeper, as she breaks down all of exciting happenings in women's soccer across America!

    NWSL Northwest

    NWSL Northwest

    In episode #320 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper catches up with two NWSL reporters about their respective beats — the Portland Thorns and OL Reign, the two clubs that make up “NWSL Northwest” — the league’s most intense Pacific Northwest rivalry.

    In the first chat, Jen talks with Katelyn Best of Rose City Review about the Thorns’ relatively lean but experienced roster, how the club will handle this summer’s Olympic window and whether Portland’s goal-scoring momentum from the successful 2020 Fall Series will carry over to this month’s Challenge Cup.

    Then Jen talks with Jacob Cristobal from SounderAtHeart about the Tacoma-based OL Reign as it heads into the second season under head coach Farid Benstiti, with a wealth of international players and several NWSL up-and-comers.

    The “Jensplaining” segment this week covers how to watch the upcoming NWSL Challenge Cup, whether you’re in the USA, Canada or anywhere else on the globe!

    Got a question or comment for the Jensplainer? Email your question or general Mixxed Zone comments to keeper@keepernotes.com.

     



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    ABOUT KEEPER NOTES

    Founded by Jen Cooper, Keeper Notes has been spreading the love for the beautiful game since 2002 in Houston and beyond. The Mixxed Zone women’s soccer podcast has been covering women’s soccer (primarily NWSL, USWNT and Concacaf) since 2014. Check out more of the Keeper’s great content as well as the valuable “WoSopedia” page at KeeperNotes.com. You can also follow Keeper Notes on Twitter.

    And be sure to check out the latest edition of the Keeper Notes NWSL Almanac, the 370-plus-page comprehensive guide to the first eight seasons of NWSL (2013-2020). You can’t get this info all in one place anywhere else! The almanac is available in both PDF and print format. Also, check out the Houston Dash almanac and commemorative Challenge Cup booklet.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Louisville NWSL Debut Nears

    Louisville NWSL Debut Nears

    In episode #319 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper covers the upcoming Racing Louisville NWSL debut and the challenges of being an NWSL fan when the nearest club is a good five-hour drive away.

    In the first chat, Jen talks with Louisville “Soccer City” radio show host Jeff Greer about his city’s newest sports team, the players he’s most excited to see take the field for Racing Louisville, and the unique perks and challenges that come with being the first NWSL expansion team announced more than a year before its first game.

    Then Jen talks with Equal Time Soccer founder Matt Privratsky about following and covering women’s soccer from the Twin Cities of Minnesota.

    This week’s “Jensplaining” segment covers the mechanics of next month’s draw for the women’s Olympic soccer tournament. Scheduled for April 21, the draw will place the 12 teams into three groups of four teams each.

    Got a question or comment for the Jensplainer? Email your question or general Mixxed Zone comments to keeper@keepernotes.com.

     



    Check out the sponsors of The Mixxed Zone:



    * The Beautiful Game Network

    * Phoenix on Westheimer in Houston

    * Soccer 4 All





     

    ABOUT KEEPER NOTES

    Founded by Jen Cooper, Keeper Notes has been spreading the love for the beautiful game since 2002 in Houston and beyond. The Mixxed Zone women’s soccer podcast has been covering women’s soccer (primarily NWSL, USWNT and Concacaf) since 2014. Check out more of the Keeper’s great content as well as the valuable “WoSopedia” page at KeeperNotes.com. You can also follow Keeper Notes on Twitter.

    And be sure to check out the latest edition of the Keeper Notes NWSL Almanac, the 370-plus-page comprehensive guide to the first eight seasons of NWSL (2013-2020). You can’t get this info all in one place anywhere else! The almanac is available in both PDF and print format. Also, check out the Houston Dash almanac and commemorative Challenge Cup booklet.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    New NWSL Investors

    New NWSL Investors

    In episode #318 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper discusses the new NWSL investors for both the Chicago Red Stars and the Washington Spirit, and also talks 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup.

    In the first chat, Jen hears from Southside Trap podcast co-host Claire Watkins about Chicago’s new NWSL investors and her thoughts on the club’s group for the upcoming Challenge Cup.

    Then Jen talks with Jason Anderson, who covers the Washington Spirit for the PlexWeather podcast and BlackandRedUnited.com, about the Spirit’s new NWSL investors and new roster additions.

    This week’s “Jensplaining” segment reviews the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup format, standings tiebreakers and broadcast schedule.

    Got a question or comment for the Jensplainer? Email your question or general Mixxed Zone comments to keeper@keepernotes.com.

     



    Check out the sponsors of The Mixxed Zone:



    * The Beautiful Game Network

    * Phoenix on Westheimer in Houston

    * Soccer 4 All





     

    ABOUT KEEPER NOTES

    Founded by Jen Cooper, Keeper Notes has been spreading the love for the beautiful game since 2002 in Houston and beyond. The Mixxed Zone women’s soccer podcast has been covering women’s soccer (primarily NWSL, USWNT and Concacaf) since 2014. Check out more of the Keeper’s great content as well as the valuable “WoSo Nerd Links” at KeeperNotes.com. You can also follow Keeper Notes on Twitter.

    And be sure to check out the latest edition of the Keeper Notes NWSL Almanac, the 370-page comprehensive guide to the first seven seasons of NWSL (2013-2020). You can’t get this info all in one place anywhere else! The almanac is available in both PDF and print format. Also, check out the Houston Dash almanac and Challenge Cup booklet!

    • 1 hr 22 min
    SheBelieves Cup Recap

    SheBelieves Cup Recap

    In episode #317 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper returns from an unplanned “winter break” to talk SheBelieves Cup, the recently announced 2021 NWSL federation allocations and more.

    First Jen discusses February’s SheBelieves Cup results and highlights with Orlando Sentinel soccer reporter Julia Poe, as well as the new NWSL allocated player list and the potential implications of players who opt out of allocation.

    Then Jen talks with former WPS goalkeeper Alli Lipsher about her years as a pro player, her transition to the coaching ranks almost a decade ago, and her new role as goalkeeper coach for Kansas City, one of the NWSL’s newest clubs.

    This week’s “Jensplaining” segment covers some of the definitions of NWSL roster jargon – “international player” versus “international slot,” federation players, and more. Updated NWSL rosters by club can be found on the WoSo Nerd Links page of KeeperNotes.com.

    Got a question or comment for the Jensplainer? Email your question or general Mixxed Zone comments to keeper@keepernotes.com.

     



    Check out the sponsors of The Mixxed Zone:



    * The Beautiful Game Network

    * Phoenix on Westheimer in Houston

    * Soccer 4 All





     

    ABOUT KEEPER NOTES

    Founded by Jen Cooper, Keeper Notes has been spreading the love for the beautiful game since 2002 in Houston and beyond. The Mixxed Zone women’s soccer podcast has been covering women’s soccer (primarily NWSL, USWNT and Concacaf) since 2014. Check out more of the Keeper’s great content as well as the valuable “WoSo Nerd Links” at KeeperNotes.com. You can also follow Keeper Notes on Twitter.

    And be sure to check out the latest edition of the Keeper Notes NWSL Almanac, the 370-page comprehensive guide to the first seven seasons of NWSL (2013-2020). You can’t get this info all in one place anywhere else! The almanac is available in both PDF and print format. Also, check out the Houston Dash almanac and Challenge Cup booklet!

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Hall of Fame Ballots and Voting

    Hall of Fame Ballots and Voting

    In episode #316 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper discusses the past and present issues of National Soccer Hall of Fame ballots and voting, and also chats with the illustrator who self-published a book of NWSL “moments” from the 2020 Challenge Cup and the Fall Series.

    First Jen talks with longtime soccer reporter and Hall of Fame voter Beau Dure about the history of the nomination and balloting processes for the Hall, the recent changes to those processes, and how there’s still a “logjam” of qualified national teamers who deserve entry but probably won’t be inducted any time soon.

    Then Jen chats with Dariush, a Montreal-based illustrator who enjoyed the NWSL Fall Series so much that he self-published a book of “NWSL Moments” from both the Fall Series and last summer’s Challenge Cup.

    This week’s “Jensplaining” segment reviews the roster size for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup and how the USWNT players will assign jersey numbers to the “junior“ players on the roster.

    Got a question or comment for the Jensplainer? Email your question or general Mixxed Zone comments to keeper@keepernotes.com.

     



    Check out the sponsors of The Mixxed Zone:



    * The Beautiful Game Network

    * Phoenix on Westheimer in Houston

    * Soccer 4 All





     

    ABOUT KEEPER NOTES

    Founded by Jen Cooper, Keeper Notes has been spreading the love for the beautiful game since 2002 in Houston and beyond. The Mixxed Zone women’s soccer podcast has been covering women’s soccer (primarily NWSL, USWNT and Concacaf) since 2014. Check out more of the Keeper’s great content as well as the valuable “WoSo Nerd Links” at KeeperNotes.com. You can also follow Keeper Notes on Twitter.

    And be sure to check out the latest edition of the Keeper Notes NWSL Almanac, the 370-page comprehensive guide to the first seven seasons of NWSL (2013-2020). You can’t get this info all in one place anywhere else! The almanac is available in both PDF and print format. Also, check out the Houston Dash almanac and Challenge Cup booklet!

    • 1 hr 10 min
    USWNT Roster, England & Argentina Updates

    USWNT Roster, England & Argentina Updates

    It’s a triple-header of women’s soccer! In episode #315 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper discusses the USWNT roster for SheBelieves Cup, and also gets updates on the England and Argentina women’s national teams from local woso correspondents.

    In the first part of this three-chat episode, Jen talks with woso reporter John Halloran of Equalizer Soccer about the USWNT roster for this month’s SheBelieves Cup and what it tells us about coach Vlatko Andonovski’s vision for the Olympic roster this summer. They also talk about the recent changes to the Chicago Red Stars roster.

    Then Jen gets updates about two other women’s national teams, chatting with UK-based Rich Laverty about England’s new interim coaches and upcoming camp and with Tony of NWSL Analitica about Argentina stepping in for Japan at this year’s SheBelieves Cup.

    This week’s “Jensplaining” segment reviews the parameters and deadlines for NWSL preseason rosters.

    Got a question or comment for the Jensplainer? Email your question or general Mixxed Zone comments to keeper@keepernotes.com.

     



    Check out the sponsors of The Mixxed Zone:



    * The Beautiful Game Network

    * Phoenix on Westheimer in Houston

    * Soccer 4 All





     

    ABOUT KEEPER NOTES

    Founded by Jen Cooper, Keeper Notes has been spreading the love for the beautiful game since 2002 in Houston and beyond. The Mixxed Zone women’s soccer podcast has been covering women’s soccer (primarily NWSL, USWNT and Concacaf) since 2014. Check out more of the Keeper’s great content as well as the valuable “WoSo Nerd Links” at KeeperNotes.com. You can also follow Keeper Notes on Twitter.

    And be sure to check out the latest edition of the Keeper Notes NWSL Almanac, the 370-page comprehensive guide to the first seven seasons of NWSL (2013-2020). You can’t get this info all in one place anywhere else! The almanac is available in both PDF and print format. Also, check out the Houston Dash almanac and Challenge Cup booklet!

    • 1 hr 52 min

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